Observation: Steam Mill Peak Area

Observation Date
01/20/2018
Observer Name
Sisneros Kidd

Region:

Location Name or Route
Steam Mill Peak
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction
Northeast
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Picked up a little dusting of new snow. Chilly with a light NE wind, didn't see any snow moving.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
6"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments
Best powder riding of the season! Great riding on open slopes. Could feel a rain crust up to about 7300'.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
The facet layer is still down there, about 20cm below the surface.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Persistent Slab
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments
It's still out there, and while this new snow puts those weak layers further down, it only takes one spot of spatial variability in a slope to set off large persistent slab avalanches.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates